Grants for Non Profits

Claremont Savings Bank Foundation makes grants one time each year to local non-profits that significantly enhance the quality of life and economic vitality in the communities that we serve. 

The grant application is now open until September 16th, open to many of non-profits in our service area, and I am told it is a relatively easy application.  Please share with anyone that might be interested and benefits from the funding!

Please visit the website, https://www.claremontsavings.bank/about-us/claremont-savings-bank-foundation.html, for more details and the application.

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Energy Assistance

There are programs to help people with heating fuel and electricity. Believe it or not, the funding for these programs is rarely all used. I think that a lot of people may not ne aware that they qualify. These programs are funded with your tax dollars, so please see if you can get some of your money back. In Cheshire and Sullivan counties, Southwestern Community Services administers these programs. You can get more information from SCS:

Claremont, NH
96-102 Main Street
PO Box 1338, Claremont, NH 03743

Phone: 603.542.9528
Toll Free: 800.529.0005

You can check the income limits for the electric and fuel programs at:

If you qualify, you really need to get enrolled to qualify for other benefits, like a potential extra $405 payment that is being considered.

https://www.nhpr.org/nh-news/2022-07-26/nh-department-of-energy-proposes-one-time-405-electric-benefit-for-low-income-households

“Facing federal deadlines to spend pandemic relief money or return it, the Department of Energy has proposed making one-time $405 payments to some low-income households to offset the cost of electricity, which will spike for many in August.

The Executive Council is set to review that request when it meets Wednesday. The department would cover the one-time payments with $8.8 million in pandemic aid the state received for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

The department designed the program to use the funds before the Sept. 30 deadline, according to the department’s request.

The payment would go to individuals and households already enrolled in the assistance program to cover previously unpaid electric bills or a current bill, or as a credit to offset future bills. People who are eligible will automatically receive a bill credit without needing to apply, according to Chris Ellms, deputy commissioner of the Department of Energy.”

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PFAS Removal Rebate Program for Private Wells

PFAS Removal Rebate Program for Private Wells

**NOTE – FUNDING FOR THE PFAS REMOVAL REBATE PROGRAM IS CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE FISCAL COMMITTEE AND THE GOVERNOR AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS BEING PROVIDED TO HELP ANSWER QUESTIONS AND TO PROVIDE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE INITIATIVE**

NHDES will provide a one-time rebate of up to $5,000 per residential unit to assist eligible private residential well users in the purchase and installation of a treatment system (point-of-use or point-of -entry) designed to remove PFAS or up to $10,000 per residential unit to connect to an existing public water system.

The following entities are eligible to apply for the rebate program:

  • Owners of single or multiple-unit residential properties serviced by private well(s)
  • Tenants and occupants of residential property serviced by private well(s) where the owner of the property has not applied for the rebate for the same property.
  • Vendors and subcontractors may apply on behalf of an eligible applicant with an appropriate waiver of claims between the two parties.

Applicants must be able to provide documentation of a PFAS exceedance with no offer of an alternate water source from a third party. Eligible PFAS exceedances include an exceedance of one or more NHDES Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards (AGQS).

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl SubstanceAmbient Groundwater Quality Standard (nanograms/liter (part per trillion, or ppt))
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)12
Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS)15
Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS)18
Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)11

Documentation required with the rebate application include:

  • Certification that the applicant is not receiving alternate water from a third party
  • Certification that the installation complied with applicable state and local plumbing regulations and local permitting requirements
  • Analytical lab results showing an exceedance of one or more of the PFAS AGQS
  • Photo documentation of the installation
  • Filter model and serial number and/or specification sheets for media and equipment installed
  • Post-treatment analytical lab result showing PFAS below the AGQS
  • Proof of ownership or residency
  • Final paid invoice or final invoice from vendor/subcontractor, as applicable
  • Waiver of claims, if applicable

For more information, please refer to our FAQ document.

Application:

Funding for the rebate program was only recently established. The program is in development and we anticipate that we will be accepting applications in two to three months.

  • If the NHDES sampled your well, an email or letter will be sent out to you indicating that the program is accepting applications.
  • If you sampled your well yourself or hired someone else to sample your well, please email pfasrebateprogram@des.nh.gov requesting to be added to a list to be notified when the program is accepting applications.

Note: Treatment installations completed after September 30, 2019 are eligible for this program.  Eligibility must be determined through the application process and approval from NHDES to receive a rebate.

Additional Resources:

Rebate Program for Removal of PFAS in Private Wells – Final Funding Proposal

Selecting the Right Option for You: A Guide to Ensuring Safe Drinking Water

Utilizing the Online Vendor Registration

Contact Information:

PFAS Response Team
pfasrebateprogram@des.nh.gov
(603) 271-1355

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